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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Avalanche Kills 7 in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan- Seven people trying to cross a snowbound mountain pass died in an avalanche in northern Tajikistan at the weekend, an Emergencies Ministry official said Monday.

The incident occurred in the central Asian state's Sogdi region Saturday as a group of local residents was crossing the dangerous Anzob pass, the official said.

Anzob is usually closed for the winter, but locals from northern Tajikistan often take the risk of crossing it, seeing the pass as the shortest way to the capital Dushanbe.